What's hot?

14th February 2014 at 00:00
This week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect taps into the childhood joys of Play-Doh and Sesame Street, but also ventures into the more grown-up territory of cybercrime, death and the limits of human endurance

1. Sesame treats

What is it? Editable worksheets for practising addition with the help of Sesame Street characters

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? The well-known characters liven up routine exercises.

2. The great fire

What is it? Lyrics for a version of London's Burning in French

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? The arresting, staccato melody aids retention of vocabulary.

3. Fancy plants

What is it? An information book about plants

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? The book's simple language makes it ideal for students whose first language is not English.

4. Antarctic adventure

What is it? A presentation and activity about explorer Captain Scott

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Students must imagine themselves in extreme Antarctic conditions as they create their own survival kit list.

5. Highway hit

What is it? A set of resources for a unit on Alfred Noyes' poem The Highwayman

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Activities include writing a newspaper report and delivering a group performance of the poem.

6. Media matters

What is it? A seven-page glossary booklet for use in media studies lessons

Who is it for? 14-18s

Why is it hot? Camera, editing, sound, lighting and general terms for television or film analysis are defined in plain language and categorised clearly for reference.

7. Mice work

What is it? A PowerPoint for textual analysis of John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men, focusing on Curley's wife

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? Aimed at lower-level students, this includes an exciting game in which they race against the clock to think of as many connotations as possible for a set of four pictures.

8. Cybercrime primer

What is it? An introduction to cybercrime for students of French

Who is it for? 16-18s

Why is it hot? Uses a variety of authentic materials for practice of reading, writing and listening, with the chance to discuss opinions in a plenary.

9. Dough it right

What is it? Revision of workshop tools for design and technology students

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? A creative revision game that gets students using Play-Doh to help their team-mates guess the names of tools.

10. Mexic-art

What is it? A five-lesson PowerPoint for a unit on Mexican art

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Includes several arresting designs inspired by the Day of the Dead.

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